February 12, 2012 Subject:
do not see it as racist.
i think it is good to have shows like this. I watched this in reruns as a child while growing up in the Bronx. It did not influence any prejudiced toward any group of people.
February 3, 2012 Subject:
Not one of the better episodes, NO ONE can fill in for Hattie. BTW ohsnapiam56 The reason that "Oriole" is doing a Butterfly McQueen imitation is that is who she replaced after the first season. I guess she thought she should play it with that voice.
November 25, 2011 Subject:
The New Arrival (Beulah)
Season 2, episode 11.
Original air date: 10 June 1952.
Donnie charges a baby buggy to his father`s account at the local department store to get new wheels for his soapbox derby racer. When Beulah sees the buggy hidden away and learns that Alice is sewing a maternity dress, She assumes that another Henderson baby is in the offing and organizes a maternity party.
Cast: Louise Beavers (Beulah), Ernest Whitman (Bill Jackson), David Bruce (Harry Henserson), Rudy Dandridge (Oriole), Jane Frazee (Alice Henderson), Stuffy Singer (Donnie Henderson), Arthur O. Btian (Mr. Perrin), Margie Liszt (Marge Bradley), Clark Howat (Pete Bradley) and Lois Hall (Julie).
August 28, 2009 Subject:
Interesting piece of early TV
Not exactly a bid for racial equality but not really what you'd call a stereotypical racist role (with the exception of "yas'm" and the dumb "yuk yuk laugh at the beginning"). If anyone was the dumbbell it was the husband and the imitation Butterfly McQueen next door maid. The black man was a worker, not lazy. Beulah was kind of like a Black Hazel. So considering, it's not that bad, but I certainly don't long for the days of Beulah.
August 5, 2009 Subject:
The Way We Were
Probably very few American families what watched this show were as affluent or had a cook or a hired man to clean up the back yard. All the menial labor jobs in this show are filled by African Americans. All the "bosses" are white. In the early 1950s that was widely considered the natural order of things. Beulah is the hired cook but she loves working for her employer and although her mistake is the key to much humor in this episode, she also solves the problem for the family. This was meant to show that some African Americans were clever, but of course that was not sufficient to bring them social equality. The classic numbskull is filled by the role of Oriole, the very silly voiced servant from next door.
The Civil Rights movement began the year after Beulah was cancelled. No clever African American role models were shown on broadcast TV for nearly fifteen years. Top network executives were conservative white men. Come to think of it, that's not so different from today, is it?